Built in 1820, the William J. Whipper house on what was either 606 New Street or 606 North Street in Downtown Beaufort, underwent a restoration in 1979. It was the home of Pennsylvania-born black lawyer and Reconstruction-era statesman William J. Whipper, who moved to Beaufort sometime during the Civil War Era and practiced law here in South Carolina until he died on March 9, 1876. The husband of the famed black female southern diarist Frances Rollins Whipper he was a political contemporary of Robert Smalls.
Source: Savannah News Press. The William Whipper House (606 New Street) or (606 North Street, unsure) Original source cited as: The Underground Railroad by William Still, Philadelphia, 1879.